Awards & Grants

International Fellowships/Awards

International Young Professional Fellow 2017

Saja has been named for International Young Professional Fellow 2017 Fellowship ‘Sharing2Change’ among the 9 fellows were chosen among over 150 applicants from all over the World.International Young Professionals Foundation 

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Young Scientist 2017

Saja has been selected as one of the Young Scientist of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme (IRDR) in 2017. IRDR is an international, multidisciplinary research initiative of ten years’ duration launched to address the major challenges of natural and human-induced environmental hazards. It aims to adopt an international, transdisciplinary and cross-hazard approach to conduct disaster risk reduction (DRR) research, and to reduce the impacts as well as losses induced by natural disasters. His research project for the Young Scientist program is developing an approach to develop risk-sensitive development plans to build resilient communities. He is among 31 IRDR young scientists in the 2nd batch of application around the world.

International Fellow – Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (Since 2016)

Saja has been offered  membership in the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative’s International Fellows group. It is a diverse network of early-career scholars and practitioners that have participated in Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Through this fellowship program, HI² provides a platform for qualified BIARI alumni to collaborate on interdisciplinary research focusing on both the causes of, and solutions for, the most pressing global humanitarian challenges. HI² International Fellows are a cornerstone of the Initiative’s objective to create productive linkages between Brown University faculty, students, and the global humanitarian community.

Community Solutions Fellow, IREX, United States of America, 2018

Saja was selected as a Community Solutions fellow 2018 among the 92 young leaders from 67 countries around the world! He is among the two from Sri Lanka.
The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues. The 2018 Community Solutions Program fellows were placed with 84 U.S. organizations and agencies in 20 states and the District of Columbia to complete a meaningful, learning exchange program. The fellows were selected among 5300 applicants and only 1.7 % were selected from a very competitive global screen for future leaders.


Grants (Research/Projects)

Training Seed Grant development in collaboration with Field Ready for “Developing a training module on “Managing Innovation – The future of humanitarian aid’  funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at Brown University, USA, 2019.

SPIN (Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Nepal) regional seed grant for the research on “Examining The Heat Stress Impact on the South Asian Vulnerable Urban Population – A System Thinking Approach” supported by IRDR-ICoE Taipei under the 2018 Advanced Institute – Heat Stress Sensors, Early Warning and Information Technology in collaboration with Academia Sinica, Taiwan and International Science Council Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Malaysia, Jan 2019.